American Whiskey - Tennessee Whiskey
George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky
Rating Description92nd Percentile
This score falls in the 92nd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
George Dickel No. 12 whisky is the higher-proofed expression, bottled at 90 proof.
The 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition named it "Best Tennessee Whiskey," but this was a puzzling award given that there were only two Tennessee whiskeys submitted that year (both from George Dickel).
A positive 2012 review from the Beverage Testing Institute exclaimed, "Great complexity and a fine Tennessee sipper."
George Dickel Tennessee whiskies are made with a mash bill (whose proportions are secret) of barley, rye, and corn. Blended down with limestone water from Cascade Hollow, the whiskey is "mellowed" through sugar maple charcoal, double distilled, and then aged in oak. One of their signature processes is to chill-filter the spirit before the charcoal mellowing, which they say creates a special smoothness to their whisky. Note that the distillery has opted to spell whisky without the "e" in defiance of American whiskey tradition (and we'll follow suit here). The label is owned by Diageo.
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